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Spies (1943)

Private Snafu has a secret: his ship leaves for Africa at 4:30. He's determined to keep it, but bit by bit it slips out, and eventually, the details end up right on Hitler's desk and the ship is engaged.

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Private Snafu / Adolf Hitler / Pigeon / Spies (voice) (uncredited)
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The doltish but self-confident and self-congratulatory Private Snafu is in possession of a military secret during World War II. Over the course of the day, spouting rhymed couplets, he divulges the secret a little at a time to listening Axis spies. He tells his mom some of the secret when he calls her from a phone booth; the rest he spills to a dolly dolly spy who plies him with liquor. Snafu's loose lips put himself at risk. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Animation | Short | Comedy | War

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Unrated

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Opening title screen: "Official Film Misc. 929 War Department". See more »

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[last lines]
Snafu: Now who in hell do you s'pose it was that let my secret out.
Hitler as the Devil: Vat vas zat I herd you zay, my little zouerkraut?
Nazi Devils: He vonders who the hell it vas who let his secret out?
[Hitler holds up a mirror in front of Snafu]
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Frenetic snafu short is racist propaganda, far from PC but funny if you can forgive a bit
16 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have no idea if this is typical of the Snafu series, many directed by Jones and written by Dr. Seuss, but I certainly want to see more even if this does not show either master at his very best. Here our private in question blabs his orders to anybody and everybody after vowing to keep it all secret, and of course all the voluptuous babes, bartenders, and even a little guy inside the telephone box end up being broadly caricatured Japanese, German and Italian spies. It all ends quite literally with a big bang and a trip to Hell. Propaganda at it's finest, if awfully frenetic and short.

The copy I watched was from "Treasures of American Cinema", volume I, a four-disc set of mostly early shorts and features, all beautifully restored and remastered, with excellent notes and music - an essential set for anyone who wants to better know the history of the American film.


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